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The coronavirus outbreak poses a tremendous challenge to California, the nation, and the global community. PPIC’s analyses examine the impacts of COVID-19 and how policy choices and other actions can help address them.


Immigrants in California

California is home to nearly 10 million immigrants, accounting for almost a quarter of the foreign-born population in the US. PPIC’s research builds understanding of important immigration trends in California and key issues in immigration policy at the state and federal levels.

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Census-Related Funding in California

By Patrick Murphy, Caroline Danielson

The census plays a role in determining federal funding levels for a broad range of state programs. An accurate count in 2020 can help California provide services to populations in need.

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Emergency Departments and the Affordable Care Act

By Shannon McConville

Frequent visits to the emergency department can mean patients have few medical care options. Under the ACA, frequent emergency department use fell for Medi-Cal patients.

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Health Care and California’s Undocumented Immigrants

By Shannon McConville

Despite California’s embrace of federal health care reform, millions of Californians are expected to remain uninsured even five years from now. Undocumented immigrants are likely to be a large share of this uninsured group because they are excluded from coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


Rethinking the State-Local Relationship: Health Care

By Shannon McConville, Kimberly Belshé

The federal Affordable Care Act will transform California’s health care safety net. It could also affect California’s long-standing division of responsibilities between state and local governments. This report outlines key issues that state policymakers will need to consider as they grapple with the costs and opportunities of health care reform.

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